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WWDC Will Start The Mac Transition To Apple Silicon’s M2 – Forbes

Apple’s macOS laptops continue to gather critical and commercial acclaim, but is now the time to be investing in new Mac hardware? With its Worldwide Developer Conference just around the corner, Apple is ready to announce plans for the next generation of Macs that will quickly supersede the laptops you can buy today.
There are going to be a lot of Mac issues to talk about at WWDC. But the biggest talk, and the one that will have the most impact on when you should buy a new MacBook, will be about Apple Silicon, the existing M1 family, and when we can expect the M2 machines to start appearing
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – May 2021, MacBook Air M1 review photos for editorial use
Apple is nearing the end of the M1 roll-out. The M1 itself was not launched at WWDC 2020 – the A15Z-powered Apple Developer Transition Kit did much of the heavy lifting ahead of the first Apple Silicon Mac release – but Apple’s plans for the move to ARM-based Macs were front and centre. WWDC 2022 is in a much better place to announce an M2 chip. although there is always the danger of Osbourne-ing the existing hardware.
Thankfully there is new hardware coming soon. Apple is currently testing the new Mac family of hardware – including updates for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and Mac Pro ranges. Thanks to developer logs on third-party apps, the digital signatures from the new machines, along with the various M1 and M2 chipsets – have been identified.
Apple looks to be following the same product mix with its early M2 devices; that means an M2 powered MacBook Air, Mac Mini and entry-level MacBook Pro; and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with M2 Max and M2 Pro chips,
The Mac Pro also shows up, but with a successor to the M1 Ultra chip. This would be the final model to move from Intel to Apple Silicon, fulfilling Tim Cook’s promise to move all-new Mac hardware to the ARM-based platform by the end of 2022.
I personally feel that Apple will want to launch all of the M1 based Macs before moving to the M2, which means the Mac Pro is the keystone holding back the launch of the M2 chipsets. Launching the Mac Pro with the presumptively named M1 Ultra Max Fabulous Pro alongside an M2 powered MacBook Air… feels awkward.
So the big question now is when the Mac Pro is revealed. With that out of the way, the future portfolio will be on deck and ready to go. Will we see the Mac Pro at WWDC this June? If we do will it be flying solo or with a fleet of the new MacBooks behind it?
No matter what we’re going to be offered some clarity to the release roadmap. Now is not the time to be upgrading your Mac hardware. Keep the dollars dry until the WWDC delivery arrives.
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